Girlfriend Getaways: The 50s Itinerary
Updated April 2021
Gather your gal pals. With Archer Hotel Austin’s Girlfriend Getaways, you can get out with the girls for footloose, fancy-free, hair-blowing-in-the-wind, making-your-own-fun kind of good times.
The 50s are a metamorphic-like force, and so are you. It’s a time of knowing your superpowers and your limitations — alternating day drinks with water, for one. It’s a new vantage point for the wild and wonderful places you have yet to go and the freedom and insistence to be true to your best self.
There is a fun and valuable perspective that arrives with more time on the planet. Experience it. Celebrate it. Share it!
Choose your adventure, ladies.
We’ve done some of the legwork for you, putting it all within easy reach of Archer Austin.
Find your perfect coffee or handcrafted tea at Starbucks, and pair it with a savory breakfast sandwich, egg bites or pastry. Its protein boxes and bowls offer a minimum of 20 grams of protein each, and the cool yogurt options hit the spot no matter what time the clock says. An added bonus: Starbucks ethically sources its sustainable products and actively works to reduce its environmental impact.
Delicious, seasonal items delivered tableside or, better yet, in-room for an indulgent breakfast in bed. Breakfast favorites include Strawberry Lavender Scones and Crispy French Toast.
Discover your sea legs at this coastal-inspired oyster bar and restaurant. Start with a refreshing Sea Foam Margarita and sample sustainably sourced oysters and seafood. Your girlfriend getaway isn’t complete without a chance to roll up your sleeves and dig in — properly — to a magnificent seafood tower.
A pitcher of red sangria and a shareable chef’s board, handmade pastas and pizzas, a seasonal vegetable salad and a salted caramel budino with friends? But of course. Lunch, dinner, happy hour, brunch — a fabulous Italian meal is “sempre una buona decisione.”
The Southeastern Asian street cuisine at Joi includes approachable ramen, chicken and katsu dishes that satisfy brunch and dinner diners. The diverse sushi menu includes an array of global fish selections, while the specialty cocktails and sake make lingering easy (especially on the shaded patio).
Nothing like $2 mimosas and Bellinis to start the day on a celebratory note. With Northern Italian, farm-to-table breakfasts, this inviting patio restaurant is likened to tavernas in Italy known for treating customers more like friends and family. Try the risotto con burrata — delish.
Ladies, get ready to treat yourselves. Perry’s serves award-winning steaks, chops and seafood with customized additions (think java-crusted steak or miso butter for your tempura-fried lobster tail) and exceptional service. Prefer a lighter treat? Stop in at its Bar 79 for small-yet-savory bar bites and a cool beverage.
Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of California, Vince offers seasonal collections for women and men, as well as lifestyle essentials. Refined yet easy-to-wear clothing, shoes, accessories (even fragrances) find their way onto your must-have list. Same with the luxe doggie sweater.
Originating in Corpus Christi, Texas, Julian Gold is for women looking for something out of the ordinary. Some classic, a number of quirky and a ton of simply fun items are on display, waiting for you to find just the one that puts the sparkle in your eye.
Diamonds, darling — need we say more? Yes, Blue Nile has lovely rings, necklaces, earrings and more. They also have Build Your Own earrings and necklaces; you choose the diamond(s) and style or setting, and they’ll ship it to your home for free.
Grab a pick-me-up artful espresso drink at Nordstrom’s Ebar before embarking on some serious retail therapy. Discover the season’s newest fashions and pick up some year-round staples, add a pair (or more) of snazzy shoes to your collection and enjoy these moments of friendship.
The latest luxury styles from top designers for special, fun or fashionable finds. Schedule a stylist for a private shopping soirée (1 – 2 days’ notice). Personalized based on your lifestyle, designer preferences, leisure or business wardrobe wants and needs. Up the fun factor with bubbles, wine and pre- or post-makeovers. Your Archer decade hostess can arrange the details.
Happy Hour + Beyond
Pairing wines from all over the world (and at every price point) with Napa-style cuisine for brunch and dinner, Crú welcomes guests to enjoy a casually fabulous “demystifying wine” experience. The menus are seasonal and full of shareable options — and some that you’d rather keep for yourself.
Food you love with real-food ingredients, local produce and creative cocktails that are infused, muddled, finished and topped. With a daily happy hour, their hospitality and house-made everything could become a great new habit. 3 – 7 PM.
The happy hour at Fleming’s (technically in neighboring The Domain) is in the bar and features a selection of signature bites (e.g., potato tots, calamari, filet mignon flatbread) and beer, wine and cocktails. To try: a blueberry lemondrop. Happy hour 5 – 7 PM.
Underground jazz bar with nightly live music, plus more than 20 draft beers and wines by the glass. Downtown, divey and decked out in dollar bills with a daily happy hour 4 – 7 PM. Come early to avoid lines, though worth the wait.
Located in a quiet, north-central Austin neighborhood, this old-world Mexican hacienda is rich with colonial Mexican antiques, Talavera tile and hand-thrown pottery. Brunch or dinner, the real draw is authentic interior Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Happy hour is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 – 7 PM and Tuesdays 5 – 9:30 PM.
Founded in 1963, this museum holds approximately 19,000 objects — the largest public collection in Central Texas. On the University of Texas campus, it focuses on modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and prints and drawings.
Weekdays, pick up a free self-guided tour brochure outside Capitol 1S.2. Explore the Capitol and its picturesque grounds, including more than 20 monuments and memorials, fountains, cannons, the Great Walk and several Texas stars.
If only the best will do, treat yourselves right with a day of pampering at this award-winning day spa, just around the corner from Archer. Check out the Viva Diva Spa package for 6.5 hours of sublime relaxation and rejuvenation.